Saturday, June 5, 2010

Reluctant Dads

One would think that with running a cloth diaper store, that my husband would be a tree hugging cloth diapering guru. Umm not so much :)

When I decided to cloth diaper, he rolled his eyes and said he would not do any more diaper changes. My first cloth diaper was actually the gDiaper, and we were using flushables, so there were no money savings, but my husband has always known he married the "environmental Aussie" and was not surprised when I decided to use a greener diapering option. I did most of the changes anyway, so I had a little stack of Nature Baby Care disposables for him to use.

Then came the cloth diapers. Once I decided I wanted to go full on cloth, he was soooooo not going to change any diapers. So that little stack of "green" disposables sat on the shelf for the rare times that he was going to have to change a diaper.

Eventually that little stack of disposables ran out, and there came the time when Mum was out grocery shopping and Dad had to change a diaper that was all cloth. I came home to a mess. He had tried to use the flip diaper that I was testing out first, and it fell to pieces on him as he was taking it off the top of the stack to put on the baby. So that was discarded on the floor. Then the next one down was a gDiaper, and he had thrown that one on the floor because he knew it had to be put on "backwards" and no way was he going to touch that one. Surprisingly the one he put on was the Otter Blotter, which I thought should have been on the floor with the rest, because that one has the design to prevent baby taking it off. But I remember him admiring the design of it when I showed him the diaper when I first got it in.

So after this little episode, we worked out a system. I have a three tiered diaper storage hanging device, and the top shelf is only to contain "daddy friendly" diapers. So what makes up the daddy friendly diaper shelf?

  • AIO diapers, including Monkey Doodlez, Bum Genius Organic AIO (old style with aplix), Thirsties AIO (sadly no longer being made). All of them close with aplix. I did put some snap closing diapers in there, but he told me that while he could do it, he didn't like to.
  • Pre-stuffed Pocket Diapers that close with aplix.

Since I implemented this system, my husband has been willingly changing the diapers. He no longer moans at me that he wants a stack of disposable diapers for his use. He even takes the diaper pail contents to the washing machine for me every couple of nights!

So if you have a reluctant spouse or other caregiver. My suggestion is to go with easy cloth options for them, with aplix closures. There is no reason why you cant have a stash made up of different kinds of diapers. I still test out all the different diapers on my son for the store, but unless I want my husbands opinion on one, he just has his little stack of AIOs etc for his use.

And now that my son has started mothers day out a couple of days a week, we send Daddy's AIO's off to there. We have had no complaints from his teacher there, just compliments about cloth diapers in general.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

The Poo Factor- Ick!!!

One of the biggest concerns with some of my local families first learning about cloth diapers is dealing with "poo." These are the couples who are pregnant with their first child and really don't understand how much mess they are in for no matter what choice of diapers they end up using.  Babies are simply messy, whether it's poo, spit up, food, drool, or something they're getting into.  

I have to say though, using a diaper sprayer has made using cloth diapers EASY! Exclusively breastfed poop is 100% water soluble.  That means, you don't need to do anything with the diaper, except throw it in the diaper pail.  No, you don't need to do a load of towels after washing cloth diapers.  No, you don't need to bleach out the inner basin of the washing machine.  It's a natural product coming from their body.

Now once you start feeding them solids or if you start supplementing with formula, the "solid" material on the diaper needs to be disposed in the toilet.  I HIGHLY recommend investing in a diaper sprayer.  Here's a review I've written on the diaper sprayer from our blog:

Product Review: bumGenius Diaper Sprayer

I've officially be using the diaper sprayer for about 10 months now and can honestly say this accessory is worth purchasing. The economical aspect of cloth diapers was our family's top priority when we first invested and I'm usually not an accessory person, so I was actually hoping now to like it. I was without the diaper sprayer for 19 months using cloth diapers and probably wouldn't have tried it, if I wasn't "testing" for business purposes....but I'll never go back! The #1 fear and reason families tell me they never tried or gave up on cloth diapers is the poop/mess factor.

Here are my top reasons I'm crazy about the sprayer:

1. Taking care of poopy diapers (no matter what consistency) is mess-free.

2. I don't dread poopy diapers and kinda look forward to using the sprayer.

3. I actually use LESS water with the sprayer, since it takes everything off so quickly. Without the sprayer, I admittedly had to flush the toilet a few times on those really messy diapers.

4. I have found many uses for the sprayer, besides diapers (e.g. cleaning the bathroom, cleaning our portable potty chair, spraying off my daughter after playing outside in the dirt, filling up buckets) Two others I've not tried but anticipate it working for: replacing a peri bottle postpartum and using it like a bidet spray.

5. My diapers seem to come out cleaner in the wash, since I'm able to rinse off so much of the diaper in the toilet.

6. It is super easy to install on your toilet. I installed it myself in under 20 minutes and it works great (no leaks, no calling the plumber from ruining the toilet).

7. The spray intensity can be adjusted, based on how strong or weak you want the flow.

 Two thumbs up from Ecological Babies

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Traveling with Cloth Diapers

My family is about to depart on a long vacation, but does that mean that we won't be using cloth? Nope! I am dragging our whole load of cloth diapers with us. However, there are four things I consider essentials when traveling with cloth diapers:

PlanetWise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag - This large bag is perfect for traveling with cloth. The front dry pocket can be used for clean diapers and wipes. Then, the wet section of the bag can be used for dirty diapers. The entire bag can be hung by the handles on a doorknob or even a hanger in the closet.

ImseVimse Flushable Diaper Liners - When away from my diaper sprayer, I want to be sure I have an easy way to get soiled diapers clean. I love using these flushable liners that make clean-up as simple as turning the diaper over above the toilet.

Cloth Diaper Detergent - It is so easy to forget the detergent, but I do not want to scramble in a place I don't know. We always bring our Rockin' Green Detergent because I know it works well in any machine.

Cloth Wipes - Especially on the road, it is easy to forget how convenient cloth wipes really are when using cloth diapers. Just add dirty wipes to your dirty wet bag.

A few other traveling tips and tricks I have learned along the way:
  • If you are flying on an airline, Southwest and JetBlue let bags fly free, so the extra bag of diapers doesn't add to your luggage costs. Not traveling on a bags-fly-free airline? Stuff your bag full of cloth diapers inside the bag with your child's car seat. Car seats fly free on all airlines.
  • When on the road, it can sometimes be difficult to change your child as often. Be sure to add extra absorbency to all diapers by adding diaper doublers or double stuffing. Some of our favorite road trip diapers are Rumparooz One Size Cloth Diapers with their super absorbent 6g soaker inserts.
  • Oftentimes the hardest part of traveling with cloth diapers is getting yourself psyched up to do it. Once you have tried it, you will find out what works for you and your family, and before you know it, you won't even question bringing your cloth diapers with you!
Do you have any questions or concerns about traveling with cloth diapers? Post them below or email me directly. Happy Diapering!

Sara, Diaper Daisy
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Little Monkey Store

Hi everyone, my name is Julie and I am the owner of Little Monkey Store. We're a family run online store (home appointments always available) based just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Before we started our family, we knew we wanted to use cloth diapers, but had no idea where to even start. As a result of spending what seemed to be hundreds of hours researching cloth diapers, we decided to put our knowledge into use and help other parents successfully cloth diaper their little ones.

We opened our virtual doors in October 2009 and haven't looked back!

We are proud to offer Canadians a great selection of fabulous cloth diapers at reasonable prices and low flat rate shipping.

We look forward to helping you on your cloth diaper journey!


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Hello! My name is Hope and my husband Jess and I own Happy Tushies. We have 2 wonderful children - Mackenzie (6 years old) and Camden (almost 4 years old).

We started using cloth diapers in 2004 when Mackenzie was a few months old. I never considered using cloth while pregnant with Mackenzie, but after dealing with some nasty diaper rash, decided to give it a try. The first time I put a cloth diaper on her (it was a Mother-ease one size fitted) I was in love. It felt wonderful to put something nice and soft against her skin instead of a paper diaper. Her diaper rash disappeared quickly and we never looked back! I became a little obsessed with cloth diapers and wanted to tell everyone about how much cloth had changed since the days of prefolds, pins and plastic pants.

Happy Tushies was started in 2002 by a wonderful mom named Kathleen. I researched every cloth diaper that I purchased and then realized I needed some diaper bags! I read many great reviews of Happy Tushies bags, so I knew I had to get my hands on some as soon as possible. I placed my order and when my bags arrived, I was thrilled! When I received an e-mail that Kathleen was selling her store, I talked with her about it and the rest is history!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Sweet Little Blessings

Hi! I am Coleen and the owner of Sweet Little Blessings. After our fourth baby was born, I started thinking about how much money I was throwing away everytime I tossed a diaper in the trash and decided to look into cloth diapering. Before I knew it, I had a stash of cute diapers and it was so much easier than I thought! That was about 12 years ago and I've had at least one in diapers ever since! My husband Kevin and I have 11 children, 8 boys and 3 girls and we are expecting our 12th little one this September. That makes ALOT of diaper changes!

I had always wanted to have my own business, but wanted to be sure that I could be at home with my children. I decided that an online cloth diaper store would be a perfect fit and started Sweet Little Blessings about 2 years ago. It has been a great experience! I really enjoy meeting with customers, showing them all the choices that are available and answering their questions. I will admit that my diaper stash has grown alot since starting my business. It is hard to resist trying out all the options! I have personally tried all the brands that I carry in my store on my little ones.

I hope you will stop by Sweet Little Blessings and see what we have to offer. Our products include: bumGenius, FuzziBunz, Thirsties, Tiny Tush, Happy Heinys, Bottombumpers and lots more! If you happen to live near Lancaster, PA I would be happy to show things to you in person. Just email me at to set up a time! Be sure to join our Yahoo group or our Facebook page to stay informed of our latest sales and giveaways!

Coleen Deiter

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Snuggle Hugs LLC

My name is Christine and I am the proud mother to six of the most wonderful children. Also, I am lucky enough to be the wife of a wonderfully supportive husband. As the owner of Snuggle Hugs, LLC I have been given the opportunity to stay at home with my children and watch them grow.

Snuggle Hugs was born after the birth of our 5th child. We started with homemade ring slings then expanded into other types of carriers. We so thoroughly enjoyed wearing our little ones we figured we would share this with as many parents, grandparents and care givers as we could. One of our most memorable times wearing our children was the evening we went to a Cleveland Indians game. It is a very busy place and you have to hurry across major roads. My husband and I both wore one child on our back and one on our front. We were just two parents with four kids under the age of 6, holding hands as we walked across a busy street, into the stadium and to our seats. There was no yelling or grabbing of run away kids - simply a nice walk to the ball game. We got lots of stares and lots of “that is so cool, where did you get those?” to which of course we responded “Snuggle Hugs”. Once the game was over we tied our children on, the little ones fell asleep and the big ones watched over our shoulders. We did not need to worry about them getting separated from us or anything bad happening to them. It was a wonderful evening all around.

Our first introduction to today’s cloth diaper was a bit unorthodox although the method was effective. I introduced my girlfriend to baby wearing which she grew to love almost as much as I do. One afternoon she showed up at my house without calling with a HUGE bag of cloth diapers. She told me “I’m not leaving until you have tried on everyone of these diapers.” She had prefolds, covers, fitted diapers, pocket diapers and All In Ones. She stayed for 6 hours letting my little one “test out” every one of the diapers she brought. Her tactic worked. I was sold. When my husband got home that night (yes she was still here) I said “Guess what we are going to start doing now Honey!?” Cloth diapers and baby wearing were my brand new passions. That afternoon was over 7 years ago and they both are still just as much a passion in my life.

Here at Snuggle Hugs we believe the family comes first in all areas of our life. We hope to be able to help you enjoy your parenting experience as much as we enjoy ours. We have had so much fun expanding our business to better serve the cloth diapering and baby wearing community. We hope you enjoy shopping at Snuggle Hugs as much as we have enjoyed shopping for Snuggle Hugs.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us, we look forward to seeing you soon.


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